Lesbian Parents-to-be Kicked Out of Kentucky Park

Another reminder of why equality and anti-discrimination laws are important. From The Richmond Register:

RICHMOND — Two women and a local photographer say they were told to leave the privately owned E.C. Million Memorial Park on Tates Creek Avenue during a maternity photo session Saturday.

The couple believe they were ordered to leave because they are gay, which is legal in Kentucky because gays are not protected under civil rights laws.

Cheri Chenault and her partner, Destiny Keith, are expecting a baby boy on Sept. 29, and they were having maternity pictures taken by Jessica Miller-Poole, owner of 13 Wishes Photography.

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“[a gatekeeper told Miller-Poole] ‘If you come back and bring those type of people, you will be removed from the park,’ I never understood why people make such a big deal about being treated differently until I was actually in the middle of it and witnessed it firsthand. It really bothered me and upset me to witness someone be so cruel.”

The problem, according to Richmond Human Rights Chairperson Sandra Anez-Powell, is that what the gatekeeper did is not illegal in Kentucky.

“It is legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation here in Richmond,” Anez-Powell said. “They can be kicked out of public places, fired from their jobs and denied housing, a right that heterosexual people like me enjoy. The local human rights commission has fought for the last four years to protect the rights of every human being, but the Richmond City Commissioners have chosen to table this issue. The last administration did the same.”

If you’d like to let the City Commissions know what you think of this feel free to contact them through the handy-dandy information provided via their website

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